CDC awards certificates to Providence, Cumberland for water quality
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided certificates to Providence and Cumberland for the 2020 Water Fluoridation Quality Award.
The award recognizes those public water systems that adjust the fluoride concentration in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level that is in the optimal range for 12 consecutive months in a year.
The levels of fluoride are documented and monitored by the Water Fluoridation Reporting Systems (WFRS), which is a national health surveillance tool that assists states in managing their waters fluoridation program.
For 2020, a total of 1,292 public water systems in 29 states received these awards.
According to the CDC,
“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” stated Casey Hannan, MPH, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Fluoridation is also highly cost effective. Studies continue to show that for every $1 a community invests in water fluoridation, $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.”